Special to Franklin County Free Press
MONT ALTO – Senior Jeremiah Younker (Hagerstown, Md. / Williamsport) blasted a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to lead the Penn State Mont Alto baseball team in Wednesday’s 19-7 win over Dickinson College.
The Nittany Lions closed out their regular season with a 24-16 overall record and were 11-4 in the PSUAC.
The Red Devils got on the board first in the top of the third plating a run on a Max Matilsky sacrifice fly.
Mont Alto responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the frame including Younker’s grand slam.
PSUMA’s bottom half of the lineup then produced three-straight RBI singles with Colby Black‘s (Shippensburg, Pa. / Big Spring) knock to center field driving in both Caleb Leggett (Williamsport, Md. / Williamsport) and Chance McClure (Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg Area).
In his very next at-bat in the fourth inning Jeremiah Younker blasted a solo homer to left field giving Mont Alto the 9-1 lead.
The team scored three more runs an inning later. Hunter Martin (Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown) drove in a pair on a deep double to left field and AJ Millar (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) hit a sacrifice fly.
The visitors scored three runs in the top of the eighth, but the Lions bats responded again with five more runs of their own to go up 19-4.
Dickinson did score three runs in the final inning before McClure educed a groundout to end the game. Colin Osborne (Williamsport, Md. / Williamsport) earned the win for PSUMA as five other pitchers saw time on the mound.
Mont Alto will be the No. 2 seed from the PSUAC West Division and will host No. 3 Penn State Greater Allegheny on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a tournament elimination game.
The winner will move on within the PSUAC Baseball Championships taking place at Showers Field in DuBois, Pa. on May 5-6.
FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto